Organizational structure of the Royal Canadian Air Force

Senior leadership

The Commander of the RCAF is also Chief of Air Force Staff. As the senior Air Force officer in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), they act as an advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff on matters regarding air and space military capabilities to meet Canada’s defence objectives.

The RCAF Command Chief Warrant Officer is the senior enlisted member of the Air Force. They act as an advisor to the Commander of the RCAF on matters affecting all ranks in matters related to dress, discipline, morale and welfare, and quality of life.

The Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division serves as Commander of the Canadian NORAD Region and as the Joint Force Air Component Commander. The Commander also serves as Commander of the Trenton Search and Rescue Region, which covers an area of more than 10 million square kilometres: from the British Columbian border in the west, to Quebec’s eastern border, and from the U.S. border to the south, to the Arctic.

The Commander of 2 Canadian Air Division is the delegated Training Authority for the RCAF, is accountable to the Commander of the RCAF, and provides oversight of RCAF individual education and training, including ab-initio training, for most RCAF occupations. The Commander also provides oversight of core RCAF developmental courses, and support to the overall RCAF training management.

The Commander of 3 Candadian Space Division is accountable to the Commander of the RCAF and is responsible for space domain awareness, space-based support of military operations both at home and abroad, defending and protecting military space capabilities, including in collaboration with its allies and partners, and other space objectives outlined in Canada’s Defence Policy.


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